cover image Famous for a Living

Famous for a Living

Melissa Ferguson. Thomas Nelson, $16.99 trade paper (320p) ISBN 978-0-8407-0248-7

Ferguson (Meet Me in the Margins) illuminates the value of true friends and true love in this wholesome rom-com. Thirty-year-old social media influencer Cat Cranwell’s life looks perfect on paper: companies pay her exorbitant sums to promote their products, and she’s a partner in a new social media venture forecasted to become bigger than Facebook and Instagram. But when it’s revealed that her shady business partner has been illegally harvesting and selling data from the platform, both sponsors and so-called friends are quick to drop Cat. Cat flees Manhattan for a long-term stay with her uncle at the Kannery National Park in rural Montana. There she must put down her phone and learn to live in the moment. She also meets social media–hating park ranger Zaiah Smith. At first the ranger and the internet star seem to have nothing in common—but as they work together to preserve the park, they develop a deep bond. Ferguson makes a convincing and heartfelt case for how opposites attract, and a host of endearing supporting characters—especially Cat’s uncle Terry, her bestie Serena, and her quirky roommate, Mina—add charm. For readers who like their romance on the sweet side, this will hit the spot. Agent: Kimberly Whalen, Whalen Agency. (May)